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November 2017
Cheshvan - Kislev 5777

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4 November 2017 / 15 Heshvan 5777

Vayera | וירא | "He appeared"
Genesis 18:1-22:24

Portion Summary:
The fourth reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayera (וירא). It means “And he appeared” because the first story describes how the LORD appeared to Abraham one day as he sat outside his tent. Section Vayera continues with the series of tests of faith for Abraham, concluding in one great and final trial.

Haftarah: 2 Kings 4:1-37
B'rit Hadashah: Luke 2:1-38

11 November, 2017 / 22 Heshvan 5777

Chayei Sarah | חיי שרה | "Sarah's life"
Genesis 23:1-25:18

Portion Summary:
The fifth reading from the book of Genesis is named Chayei Sarah (חיי שרה). It means “Sarah lived,” because the narrative begins with the words “Now Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years” (Genesis 23:1). This portion of the Torah is filled with romance and sorrow. It tells the story of how Abraham mourned his wife after her passing, and how he procured a wife for his son Isaac. At the end of this portion, Abraham is laid to rest beside his beloved wife.

Haftarah: 1 Kings 1:1-31
B'rit Hadashah: Matthew 2:1-23

18 November, 2017/29 Heshvan 5777

Toldot | תולדות | "Family history"
Genesis 25:19-28:9

Portion Summary:
The sixth reading from the book of Genesis is named Toldot (תולדות), which means “generations.” It is so named because the Torah portion begins with the words “Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac” (Genesis 25:19). Toldot tells us the story of the birth of Jacob and Esau and their struggle for the birthright and blessing of their father, Isaac. We also learn about Isaac’s trials and difficulties in the land of Canaan. The portion concludes with Jacob’s deception of Isaac in order to procure the family blessing.

Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7
B'rit Hadashah: Luke 3:1-18

25 November, 2017 / 7 Kislev 5777

Vayetze | ויצא | "He went out"
Genesis 28:10-32:2

Portion Summary:
The seventh reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayetze (ויצא), which means “and he went out.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “And Jacob went out from Beersheba” (Genesis 28:10 KJV). This portion tells the story of Jacob’s flight from his brother Esau, his vision at Bethel, his employment with his uncle Laban and his marriage to the two sisters, Rachel and Leah. Jacob’s double marriage results in a baby-bearing contest that gives him eleven sons. At the end of the portion, Jacob leaves Laban and returns to the land of Canaan, but not before Laban tries to stop him.

Haftarah: Hosea 12:12-14:10
B'rit Hadashah: Matthew 3:13-4:11

* The Torah and Haftarah chapter/verse numberings are taken from the Hebrew Bible (Christian published chapter/verse numberings are indicated within parenthesis)

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